// MFACA Semifinalists at 2014 Adobe Design Achievement Awards//

Another great year for SVA MFA Computer Art at 2014 Adobe Design Achievement Awards! This time we have 8 talented 2014 alumni selected as semifinalists with their amazing thesis projects. Congratulations to all of them. We are extremely proud. Please take a look at their work below by clicking on the names of the projects.


Cupidiculous by Panop Koonwat - Animation & Motion Graphics categories


Something Important by Nai Wei Liu - Animation category

REVENGE by Yu Fei Kao - Animation category

TREASURE NEST by Joy Tien, Allie Botkin & Mike Bourbeau - Animation category

Marcescent by Hungling Wu - Animation category

Cocodile by Wendi Wu & Wenting Wu- Animation category

The Great Silence by Shuren Hao - Animation category

Rock is Not an Attitude by Xiaoxiao Tang - Animation category

// Blue Flower/Flor Azul by MFACA Faculty Federico Muelas is Featured on CODAmagazine Techonology + Art//

Federico Muelas is a new media artist and is also a faculty at SVA MFA Computer Art Department. In 2008, he was commissioned to create a permanent Public Art installation for the University of New Mexico. “Blue Flower/Flor Azul” is now featured on the CODAmagazine Technology + Art. Please see here for the article by signing in your Flipbook account.

(Photo by Federico Muelas)

(Photo by Federico Muelas)

// What’s Up Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones//

Yesterday we were extremely excited and honored to attend the opening reception for the “What’s Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones" at the Museum of the Moving Image. The exhibition truly celebrates the legacy of Chuck Jones’ brilliance and creativity!

SVA MFA Computer Art is thrilled to participate in this exhibition with the invitation from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Services (SITES). Our student projects were selected to be included in a short film, “Chuck Jones in the 21 1/4 Century”, that explores how Chuck Jones’ styles and techniques influence new generations of artists and filmmakers in this age of computer animation.

If you are in the area, you MUST check out this incredible exhibition! If not, don’t worry. The exhibition will be traveling to different cities through 2019. For more information about the future dates, you can find out from SITES.

Here is the article about the exhibition in New York Times!

imageRemarks by Linda Jones

Carl Goodman, Executive Director of the Museum of the Moving Image, & Bruce Wands, Chair of School of Visual Arts MFA Computer Art Department

Linda Jones & Bill Plympton

(Left to Right)
Ashley Rae Pearsall, Assistant to the Chair of SVA MFACA
Deborah Macanic, Exhibition Project Director of SITES
Bruce Wands, Chair of SVA MFACA
Myriam Springuel, Acting Director of SITES

Hsiang Chin Moe, Director of Operations of SVA MFACA

Robert Castillo (2004 MFACA Alumnus) & Bruce Wands

SVA MFACA Alumni Participated in the Short Film and SVA MFACA Staff

SVA MFACA Staff: Hsiang Chin Moe & Ashley Rae Pearsall

// Art Radar Features Bruce Wands’ publication “Art of the Digital Age” //

Our very own Department Chair, Bruce Wands, makes a cameo on Art Radar, as author of of his 2006 Thames & Hudson publication, Art of the Digital Age! Art Radar is the only editorially independent online news source writing about contemporary art across Asia. Follow the link below to learn more about Bruce Wands’ take on “What is…digital art?”


// MFACA at Annecy 2014!//

Once again, MFACA travels to Annecy, France! We have been attending many screenings, including graduation films, short films as well as feature films. We are again part of INTERNATIONAL ANIMATED FILM FESTIVAL AND MARKET to meet with prospective students, film festival coordinators, and recruiters. Lots of love here! Here are some photos to show how much fun we have over here…


Chair, Bruce Wands, attending screening at Salle Pierre Lamy


Screening at Salle Pierre Lamy


Bruce Wands & Deb Stone, Manager of Talent Department at Blue Sky Stuios


Bruce Wands & Juck Somsaman, SVA alumnus from The Monk Studios


Bruce Wands and Celia Bullwinkel, SVA BFA Animation Faculty and current MFACA student


Bruce Wands working at Mifa


Bruce Wands with Nancy & Nik from Annecy +


Annecy late night outdoor screening

// "Toñita’s" in Brooklyn Film Festival//

Beyza Boyacioglu (MFA 2012 Computer Art) and Sebastian Diaz's short documentary, “Toñita’s"will have two screenings this weekend as part of Brooklyn Film Festival.

Showtimes and locations:

Sunday June 1 at 7.30pm at Windmill Studios
Monday June 2 at 10.30pm at indieScreen

Hope to see you there!

Toñita’s is a portrait of the last Puerto Rican social club in South Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York. While the film explores global themes like urban space, displacement and identity, it is also a celebration of the community The Caribbean Club holds together and a love letter to ‘Nuyorican’ culture. 


Toñita’s is produced as a part of 2013 UnionDocs Collaborative Studio and is a part of UnionDocs’ Living Los Sures project. This multi-faceted project restores Diego Echeverria’s 1984 film Los Sures, makes it accessible to audiences online, remixes local histories through a web documentary platform, and reinvestigates Southside of Williamsburg, Brooklyn today through a collection of short films.


"ZERO:ONE" 2014 MFACA Thesis Exhibition


imageImage Credit: Panop Koonwat, “CUPIDICULOUS,” 2014 Animation.


Tuesday, May 27 – Saturday, June 7

Reception: Thursday, May 29, 6:00 – 8:00pm

School of Visual Arts presents “ZERO:ONE,” an exhibition that brings together selected thesis projects from graduating MFA Computer…

// 41st Student Academy Award Winner, Daniel Sierra!//


Please join us in congratulating 2013 Alumni, Daniel Sierra for his achievement as winner in the Alternative category in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 41st Student Academy Awards® competition!

Oscillate, by Daniel Sierra


The screening and awards ceremony will take place in Los Angeles on Saturday, June 7 in Hollywood.  The medal placements – gold, silver and bronze – in the five award categories will be announced at the ceremony. We wish him good luck and great work!

// "The Animal is Absent" by Harsha Biswajit is featured on The Creators Project//

Harsha Biswajit (MFA 2014 Computer Art) will be graduating this May. His thesis project, The Animal is Absent, is featured on The Creators Project. To see the post, please visit the link. This project will be part of SVA MFA Computer Art 2014 Thesis Exhibition, ZERO:ONE, exhibition. The exhibition will be on view from May 28 to June 7 at SVA Chelsea Gallery. The reception will take place on Thursday, May 29, 6-8pm. Come check it out!

// Mario Ulloa’s, “No War’s Land,” wins Best 1st 3D Film at The Underground Film Festival!//

Congratulations to our Alumni, Mario Ulloa! His motion comic "No War’s Land" was premiered in stereoscopic 3D, and won Best 1st 3D Film in the 3D Stereoscopic Category at Be Film, The Underground Film Festival!


The MFA Computer Art Department emphasizes creativity and a multidisciplinary approach to making art with computers and emerging technologies.